DAMA is an independent project taking place within historical venues in the center of Turin to involve a group of international galleries and artists invited by the Artistic direction. From 2016 DAMA presents brand-new languages of art taking inspiration from Le città invisibili, a novel by Italo Calvino published in 1972, to offer a certain intimacy by installing a bespoke exhibition where artworks can be presented in a unique way, to provide to the visitors, the participating galleries and the artists a privileged environment dedicated to meaningful dialogue between contemporary art practices and history.
A parallel program of video and performance took shape every year through the contribution of international curators invited on a rotating basis: Lorenzo Balbi (2016), Joao Laia (2017), Martha Kirszenbaum (2018), Elise Lammer (2019-2020) and Ludovica Parenti (2020) which has invited some of the most active artists in the panorama.
The sixth edition presented an update of the exhibition project balanced on the new reality that marked the changes of last years, completing the path started in 2020, aiming to integrate the Live Programme of video and performances with the visual works by artists proposed by their galleries, creating an heterogeneous exhibition that, from the fifth edition, carried out through a meeting of mixed languages ranging from sound, performance, video and sculpture contaminated by a dense program of talks, to accompany the public towards a new exhibition's approach into a wide-ranging vision.
In compliance with this process, the program 2021, titled APERTO, took place entirely into open spaces, courtyards and institutional venues of Turin, to start a deep dialogue with the community and the town itself, setting a link with historical Italian sites and identifying palazzo's courtyards as the right place to evolve the concept of interaction between the past and the contemporary, updating and concentrating the proposal through a widespread itinerary.
DAMA 2021 was focused on the works by Italian artists from different generations, bridging the time elapsed between brand-new and established artists relating, once again, the history of the city with artworks.
The program also comprised conversations in historical bookshops and institutional venues of the city and a night video programme in the multiplayer store Isola that became a meeting point for cultural workers, artists, intellectuals and visitors.
We look forward to unveil soon the program 2022!